LSPA Educational Events

Animal Sounds, a Live Animal Program

Thursday, July 5th 6:00 pm

Squam Lake Science Center is back again to open our spectacular series of summer programing! Come be a part of an amazing evening filled with learning and up-close observation of critters that inhabit our own Granite State!  Join a Squam Lake naturalist to meet three live animals native to New Hampshire and learn about the sounds they make and why they make them.  Come, bring the family and be prepared to be in awe and enjoy your encounter with New Hampshire wildlife.

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The Natural Lakeshore Habitat - A Closer Look  


August 23rd at 10:00 AM

Come learn about the wonderful natural world that exists where the water meets the land.  This joint Fells-LSPA program will explore this ecotone, or transitional meeting of two different natural communities.  What are the plant and animal species that inhabit this zone? What special relationships exist here?  What does a healthy lakeshore habitat look like?  This program, designed for upper elementary school age through adults, begins with a presentation the John Hay Classroom in the Gatehouse, followed by an easy hike along the shore of Lake Sunapee.  Waterproof boots may be helpful.  LSPA and Fells members: free.  Nonmembers: included with regular admission fee.  Advanced registration is requested, though walk-ins are welcome. 

To reserve call The Fells:    603-763-4789 x3

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The Abenaki/Penacook History of the Lake Sunapee Region:  A Town by Town Program

Tuesday, July 17th at 7 pm

Every town and watershed in New Hampshire has ancient and continuing Native American history.  From the recent, late 20th century explosion of local Native population in NH back to the era of early settlement and colonial wars, John and Donna Moody of the Winter Center for Indigenous Traditions, explore the history of the Abenaki and Penacook people with a focus on the Sunapee Region.

Presented by Donna and John Moody in cooperation with NH Humanities.

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LSPA Summer Nature/Adventure Camp

Monday - Friday July 16th - 20th, 9 am - Noon or 9 am - 3 pm

Register Through Newbury REcreation Website

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Campers will spend each day learning to experience nature in many different and creative ways through exploring the streams, forest, fields and trails at Fishersfield Park.

Please have your child bring the following items with him/her each day: Sunscreen, insect repellent, water and rain coat or jacket as needed. Adequate footwear for hiking and getting muddy as well as water and a snack. 


Nature Explorers Camp at The Fells

Monday - Wednesday, July 23 -25, 9 am - Noon

For children entering grades 1 - 5

Come investigate the wild side of the The Fells to learn secrets of the plants and animals that call it home! Dip your toes in the stream and scoop up aquatic insects; explore the mysteries of the forest; get out on lake Sunapee and learn about the "wild goose waters."  During our three days of adventure we will explore nature's playground in the forest, stream, meadow and lake!

Advance registration required. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3.

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New Hampshire on Skis

Tuesday, July 24th at 7 pm

Take Scandinavian ad Austrian immigrants, The Dartmouth Outing Club, the Cannon Mountain Tramway, the muscular Christian, the amateur tinkerers and Professor E. John B. Allen.  Cover it all with snow and shake and you have all the makings of a unique New Hampshire history.  Join us on a warm summer evening for a cold topic of our history on the slopes!

Presented by E. John B. Allen in cooperation with NH Humanities.

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Angling in the Smile of the Great Spirit

Tuesday, August 7th at 7 pm

Anyone who has ever posted a "Gone Fishin'" sign on the door during business hours wil appreciate this native fisherman's glimpse into the habits, rituals, and lore of some of the colorful members of the not-so-exclusive "Liar's Club."  Hal Lyon, award winning author, shares tales, secrets, folklore and history of fishing in New Hampshire's big lakes.

Presented by Hal Lyon in cooperation with NH Humanities.

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"Out and About!"  10:00 - 11:00 am

     Get out and about in nature at LSPA in the harbor at the learning center!   LSPA presents a series of educational programs designed for pre-school and school age children and their caregivers.  Come to one session or all - each program is organized around a different ecological theme.  All programs are filled with hands on learning through sensory experiences, guided exploration, creative  play, art, and music.  Programs are free.  Come join the fun! 


[Themes and activities are subject to change depending on the weather.]